Kentucky taxpayers’ learn that bigotry comes at a high price
Rowan Country clerk, Kim Davis, above, returned from her whirlwind anti-gay marriage tour of Romania this month to learn that a judge is insisting that Kentucky taxpayers’ must pay the legal fees incurred when she was sued for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples.
According to this report, in July, US District Judge David Bunning ordered Kentucky to pay $222,695 (£168,000) to the attorneys of April Miller and others, after they won a favourable judgment against the demented Christian. Bunning also awarded an additional $2,008 (£1,515) in other costs.
Governor Matt Bevin and Terry Manuel, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for the Libraries and Archives – who were third-party defendants in the case – appealed the ruling, claiming that Davis did not represent Kentucky when she acted against the US Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v Hodges because her behaviour was not directed or approved by any state official.
Bunning once again found the argument unpersuasive, and rejected the appeal on Monday, saying in his 14-page ruling:
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is liable for plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs because defendant Kim Davis acted on behalf of the Commonwealth when she refused to issue marriage licences.
Davis became a poster girl for Christian bigots in the summer of 2015, after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The saga resulted in Davis being jailed for several days after she was found in contempt. Howls of Christian “presecution” echoed across the world.
She claimed her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevented her from issuing the licences.
In the months and years following her actions, Davis has been at the center of numerous legal proceedings. In September, Bunning ruled that two lawsuits from same-sex couples seeking damages could proceed against the clerk, but only in her individual capacity.
Despite these legal setbacks, Davis has continued her crusade against gay rights and recently visited Romania, where she advocated against gay marriage. Same-sex marriage is currently not legal in Romania, but some conservative politicians there want to specifically ban it via a constitutional amendment.
Her trip to Romania was sponsored by the Liberty Counsel, a far right wing American legal group, who has also provided legal counsel for Davis in the past.
Fighting for Kim has been one of the most arduous and important cases Liberty Counsel has undertaken in recent years. Kim is the real victim here! Her story proves that the goal of the LGBTQ radicals is nothing short of the criminalisation of Christianity and the punishment of anyone who dares to stand in their way.
I will see Kim’s case through to final victory – no matter how many times our team has to go back to Kentucky and appear in court to turn back vicious assaults against this wonderful woman of faith!